Scooter Gennett reminded the Milwaukee Brewers (70-58) why they never should have let him go to the Cincinnati Reds (56-70) as he belted a solo homer that led to a 9-7 win.
Gennett took Dan Jennings (4-5, 3.26 ERA) deep on his first pitch to give the Reds an 8-7 lead in the top of the ninth. Mason Williams then added an insurance run with a triple, scoring Eugenio Suarez from first. It was Scooter’s second hit on the night and his third RBI in a game that will go down as one of the more wacky games of the season.
Sal Romano got a no-decision after tossing five innings of five-run baseball. He managed five strikeouts in the game, but allowed seven hits, including a homer, and threw 84 pitches.
The craziness all happened in the top of the fourth inning. The Reds came to bat down 5-3. With one out, runners on first and third, Brandon Dixon grounded to Brewers’ third baseman, Mike Moustakas, who had Williams dead to rights at home plate…except he didn’t. Moustakas bounced his throw home, Eric Kratz was unable to handle it, and Mason scored. Billy Hamilton then followed with an infield single off of pitcher Junior Guerra’s glove, to load the bases. Then bedlam ensued.
Phil Ervin came to the plate and struck a soft liner up the middle…that strikes the umpire. The rule states the play is dead and each runner gets his base, so Ervin, essentially, hit an RBI, infield-single. Scooter then hit a soft ground ball in, what seemed like, the perfect gap in the infield that allowed everyone to advance another base, safely, and the Reds lead 6-5.
Just for good measure, the Reds get their fourth run of the inning on a strikeout by Suarez. Wait…what? Yup, you heard me. Suarez swung and missed, but Kratz couldn’t glove it, and the ball careened off his glove, all the way to the wall, and Billy runs fast from third to home to give the Reds a 7-5 lead.
On to the eighth. David Hernandez, normally good, allowed Jonathan Schoop his first home run as a Brewer, cutting the lead to one. After a runner makes it to second base, Hernandez is replaced for Raisel Iglesias (2-1, 2.22 ERA) to get a five-out save. The bid did not last long as Ryan Braun doubled the run home to tie. After the bats gave him a two-run lead, Iggy was able to shut the door in the ninth as the Reds evened the series.
Cody Reed was brought in to pitch the seventh inning and he delivered a perfect appearance, preserving a two-run lead.
Brandon Dixon joined Billy, Ervin, Scooter, and Williams with two-hit games for the Reds.
All starters, except for Ervin, scored a run. Billy scored a pair.
Sal Romano actually got the Reds on the board, first, in the top of the third with an RBI-single. It was his second hit of the year.
The Reds are now 49-1 in games that they carry the lead into the eighth inning.
Series finale will be tomorrow afternoon at 2:10 p.m. Robert Stephenson will toe the rubber for your Redlegs.
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